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Corndogs Frying In Deep Fat

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by Bryan Costales

A close up shot of corndogs frying in deep fat during the Fiesta On The Hill in Bernal Heights of San Francisco.

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Corndogs Sign

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by Bryan Costales

A food truck at the Lane County Fair featured Corndogs as witness the large sign on its face that read, "Corndogs." Of course it sold other snacks a well, such as popcorn.

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Corndogs Under Heat Lamp

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by Bryan Costales

Corn dogs were first deep fat fried, then laid out to bask attractively in the glow of a heat lamp.

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Corndog With Ketchup

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by Bryan Costales

Although many folks preferred mustard with their corndog, this fellow favored ketchup for dipping.

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Corndog With Mustard

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by Bryan Costales

Most people enjoy a corndog with a smear of French's yellow mustard over it.

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Avocet non-breeding plumage

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by Terry Costales

This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color. They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.

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Harbor Seal

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by Terry Costales

This photo of a Harbor Seal was taken very near the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center at the bird sanctuary. I was very surprised to see it but the ranger verified that they have been known to occasionally appear.

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Tortoise

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by Terry Costales

These two large tortoises ambled about and were not as sluggish as one might expect. I dont know which species of tortoise this is because I forgot to photograph the sign.

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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by Terry Costales

The female Killdeer in this picture is adopting a wounded bird pose and making a distress call. She is trying to lure me away from her nest by convincing me she is easy prey. Luckily for her I only wanted her photo.

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Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi)

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by Terry Costales

A beautiful Zebra with gorgeous long lashes. I would love to see Zebras in California fields alongside the horses, sheep and cows. We have Ostriches and Llamas, why not Zebras?

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Killdeer eggs

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by Terry Costales

This is a photo of three very well camouflaged eggs in a Killdeer "nest." Because Killdeer often lay their eggs on gravel, the parking lot at the sanctuary had become a favorite nesting spot for them. Unfortunately a parking lot is a dangerous place for eggs, which leads to much failure for the Killdeer who lay eggs there.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I think I am addicted to taking shots of flying egrets.

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French Donkeys

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by Terry Costales

Just west of the Louvre are wonderful gardens called Jardin des Tuileries. The gardens contain outdoor cafes, fountains, scattered statuary, chestnut trees, formal flower beds and trimmed hedges. But, to my surprise, there was also a children's playground, carousel and pony and donkey rides. The photo above is of one of the donkeys, or âne in French.

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Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

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by Terry Costales

Of course England has it's fair share of "flying rats". For some reason this one in Hyde Park seemed more like an actual bird to me than just feathered vermin. I'm sure if I was there long enough they would become just as annoying as pigeons are here at home.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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by Terry Costales

This is a photo of the female mallard from yesterday's posting . Even though the nest is visible to people in boats and the towpath, it's quite well protected by it's inaccesability.

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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

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by Terry Costales

This photo caught a sleepy juvenile unaware of the camera. Like yesterday's photo, I love the narrow field of focus.

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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by Terry Costales

This female Killdeer is standing over eggs in its "nest." Three eggs are actually present but only one is clearly visible. Even the clearly visible one is very well camouflaged. It is reputed their call sounds like "kill deer" and thus the name. I don't hear it myself but maybe that's just me.

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Nesting Snowy Egret with young

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by Terry Costales

This picture was taken in late May. There were mother egrets in the colony still sitting on eggs while others, like the one above, were taking care of their small chicks. Many mother egrets were feeding larger chicks. Many larger fledglings were out on the branches but not yet flying. Quite an advance in procreation from my visit a month earlier.

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Great Egret and Pheasant

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by Terry Costales

I didn't see a pheasant when I looked at this tree, only the Egret. As the boat drew nearer to the tree the pheasant burst out, startling the egret and me. I tried to get a shot of them as they flew past, but I was much too slow. It wasn't until I looked at the photos at home that I had the pleasure to see I had gotten a shot of the pheasant after all.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

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by Terry Costales

Yesterday I thought these birds might be Australian Pelicans but with further research I found they are American White Pelicans in non-breeding plumage. I'm glad that's settled.

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Killdeer in Flight

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by Terry Costales

Killdeer are a shy and fast bird. Consequently I rarely get a good shot of one. I was lucky this day to get that elusive shot.

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Great Egret (Ardea Alba)

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by Terry Costales

These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate. There was only one pair that I saw amongst dozens of the smaller Snowy Egrets.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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by Terry Costales

There are many hawks living in the Delta, doing their part to keep the circle of life rolling.

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White Pelicans

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by Terry Costales

Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight. These appear to be Australian Pelicans because of the pink bills. Or do American White Pelicans have pink bills in the winter? Further research needed.

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